Resilience Is a Gift Treating wounded veterans has taught psychologist Joel Schmidt to believe in the resilience of the human spirit. From veterans of World War II, to soldiers returning home from Iraq, Schmidt has been inspired by the way his patients fight to recover.
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Resilience Is a Gift

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Resilience Is a Gift

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LIANE HANSEN, Host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen.

HANSEN: I believe in mystery.

HANSEN: I believe in feeling.

HANSEN: I believe in being who I am.

HANSEN: I believe in the power of failure.

HANSEN: And I believe normal life is extraordinary.

HANSEN: This I believe.

HANSEN: Here's the series curator, independent producer Jay Allison.

JAY ALLISON: Here is Joel Schmidt with his essay for This I Believe.

JOEL SCHMIDT: I have sat face-to-face with a Bataan Death March survivor, an Airman shot down over Germany, a Marine who was at the Chosin Reservoir, veterans from every region of Vietnam, medics and infantry soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq. I have spoken with people who have been assaulted and brutalized by their own comrades, and parents who've had to attend their own children's funerals.

HANSEN: I make it a point to complement the strength and ingenuity of the people who sit in my office. But the truth is, I don't think many of them realize the depth of my admiration. Sitting in the room with these people every day allows me to hope that I might also find the strength to face future problems. This solid sense of hope is a gift, and it is my humble desire to share it with the next person who sits with me.

ALLISON: For This I Believe, I'm Jay Alison.

HANSEN: Jay Allison is the co-editor with Dan Gediman, John Gregory and Viki Merrick of the book "This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women."

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